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Scratched Mondeo panel?

19 July 2009 - 06:52 PM


Bit random but my friend as driving round a supermarket car park and basically clipped the back end of a mondeo (06 Plate) as she didnt quite take her steering off in time, we got out and exchanged details with the other party however... We just wondered if anyone knew how much the quote is likely to cost? Obviously its quite difficult for anyone to advise, but it was 2 very light scratches, no dents, one just above the wheel arch, the other on the side of the car (back door) i have taken some photos for her, but can't upload them at the moment!

She was only doing about 10MPH so the damage was very minimal, being a girl - shes very very upset and hoped someone could help me by advising her what shes to expect!

Thanks :)

Urgent fiesta brake problem - Very upset girl needs some help :(

30 June 2009 - 07:30 PM


This is a bit long post, and being my first one.. i may aswell apologise before i start :)

I passed my driving test on the 2nd of June and wanted to get myself a little runabout, mainly for commuting to work.
I bought a ford fiesta (S) reg - 1998 from a private ad in my local free ads.

I took my partners cousin with me as hes a mechanic, we drove it about a little bit and all seemed well so we happily purchased the car about 3 weeks ago since then, it has been hellish.

When i was driving the car back from work, 2 days after i bought it, and my first commute - i noticed smoke coming from the car, i managed to get it home however, the brakes felt like they had seized (or locked down) and i couldn't get it above 25 MPH.

I spoke to my friend the mechanic, and he said it seemed like the brakes were binding, so the day after, with his lovely help he fitted new brake pads and discs (as these were smoking alot plus when he looked at them they was very worn, and almost like a wedge shape.

We drove it about, and all seemed well however, only when i was coming back from his (and trying to accelerate off a roundabout, the same thing happened where it felt like the brakes were seized, smoke again came from the car, and i was forced to pull over and wait a good 30 minutes.

A few days later, he manged to get hold of some calipers, as the problem seems to be from the front of the car only - he replaced these for me. We then went to the pub for some tea and on the way back my fella and I had to wait nearly 2 hours! by a roadside in the middle of nowhere, as the brakes were red hot and it wouldn't budge one bit.

The calipers were now replaced and again everything seemed ok, when the car goes from standing still - its fine but its when its been driving for a while (i have to go through Norwich city centre to get home so a lot of stopping/starting etc) that things seem to go wrong.

Its quite stressful for me, i dont know anything really about cars, and a few tears have been shed over this. I even had a master cylinder fitted yesterday, and we got a good 2 drives but again on the way back from work today.. the brakes seized. I called my fella and he managed to drive it to a car park where we have had to leave it, as the brakes were seized on again.

When i say seized on, its even to the point that with the handbrake off, the car won't budge/roll.
Its quite depressing, i am 24, its my first car and i didn't think it would be this much hassle.

Its a 1.25 zetec, and i feel at my wits end. The other thing is the flexi's are slightly worn - do you think this could be causing the problems?! Any help or guidance any one may have would be greatly appreciated.

I don't really know what else to do :(

Thanks People,
H :blink: